Digital Projects

From time to time, I tackle some larger digital projects. Many of these are in connection with courses I teach. Projects from before 2012 are not represented here.

ENG485I helped lead students through a digital humanities project in a course I co-taught with Dr. Ray Malewitz, ENG 485/585, Introduction to Digital Humanities. The course moved from theory to practice, with a specific focus on student-driven digital humanities projects built around available archival material for the noted author Bernard Malamud. The larger focus of the second half of this course was the creation of small-group digital humanities projects – each focusing on the work, life, and context of Bernard Malamud’s time at Oregon State University (1949-1961). We focused special attention to the time he spent teaching, writing, and living in Corvallis and centered upon his 1961 academic novel A New Life, written about OSU.

The digital humanities projects are available here:


Beaver-Outline.fwWhen I teach WR 362, Science Writing, I ask students to complete a number of science journalism assignments, including a short article on new discoveries in scientific fields and a longer article on a topic of their own choosing. This feature article is then published on a science writing magazine site called Castor. Castor is an online magazine of science writing composed, edited, and designed by undergraduate students at Oregon State University. Focusing on long-form feature articles about science topics, Castor seeks to provide the northwest with the quality science writing. All of the writing in Castor comes from students in  WR 362, Science Writing, a course offered in the School of Writing, Literature, and Film.  Throughout the term, students work hard to investigate, research, and write the best science writing this side of the Cascades.


In a course called WR 497/497, Digital Literacy and Culture, we chose to explore the impact cell phones have on our lives through a video documentary project. The resulting video was made up of dozens of interviews that students conducted and shot on their own cell phones. The questions asked by students in the video Does your Smartphone Make you Smarter? were generated collaboratively in order to get at some of the more unusual ways that cell phones shape our lives. The video project was developed partly as a way to help students open the black boxes of their cell phones (without literally taking them apart). I have also written about this project here.

Pflugfelder, Ehren Helmut, Scott Catchpole, Gail Cole, Brendan Hansen, Chad Iwertz, Jessica Kibler, Sarah Mosser, Don Ridge, and Corey Taylor. Does your Smartphone Make you Smarter? (2013, September 22). [Video file].